Whats on the Menu
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I was overwhelmed when I was first diagnosed with food allergies. All my life I had enjoyed all food had to offer. I loved going to restaurants. So much so that any vacation included plans on where to eat. Las Vegas was always a favorite. So many celebrity chefs have restaurants there, and it was […]

The Blessed and Cursed
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Who am I speaking of? Restaurant servers. In the last month, I have been at two chain restaurants. As I looked at the menu, I sadly realized that there was no menu item that I could order and eat safely. There are several things you need to be concerned about when   eating out. The […]

Food Fails
Bad Bread

It all started with bread.  After the initial shock of being diagnosed with multiple food allergies, one of the first baking projects I tried was bread. The first surprise was learning that I couldn’t just substitute one kind of non-wheat flour for regular flour.  I spent much money buying rice flour, oat flour, and several […]

Come Share Our Table
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I love to entertain, to feed my friends. I love the discussions that happen during mealtime, to hear people’s stories. In my past life – prior to my allergy diagnosis – I created meals without any consideration for allergies or dietary considerations. I didn’t know anyone that had an allergy, at least that had admitted […]

Becoming a Hunter Gather
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When I plan my food shopping morning, it gets complicated. It used to be easy. Go to any major chain and buy some food, take it home, and make dinner. Then if you want to go out for dinner, the sky’s the limit. Anything goes. Not so with food allergies. Plus with multiple allergies, it’s […]

Dumpling Madness
New Con

The phone rang Saturday evening, much later than I usually receive calls. “It’s Joe. Is it too late to be calling?” I met Joe in Toastmasters. Over the years I’ve watched his kids grow and mature – his daughter now driving – who would believe it? Joe discovered he was allergic to gluten a few […]

Cheeseball
Cheese Puff

If you are what you eat, then I used to be a cheeseball. I loved cheese so much I would put it on anything. Not just the usual sandwich or salad, but on sweet things as well – such as pie and cookies. Yes, even cookies. All my life I was afflicted with auto-immune disease. […]